Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

A reward 20 years in the making

The recent release of Dwarf Fortress after a 20-year development cycle has had a transformative effect on the two brothers behind the game. Now that people have had the chance … Continue reading

February 5, 2023 · Leave a comment

My top Commodore 64 games, 11-20

Welcome back to my look at my top 40 Commodore 64 games, to celebrate 40+ years of this system, the one that cemented my lifelong love of videogames. 11 Parallax … Continue reading

February 4, 2023 · 6 Comments

My top Commodore 64 games, 21-30

This continues the journey through some of my favourites games for the Commodore 64, chosen from among those games I played on the platform. 21 Elite A version of this … Continue reading

January 28, 2023 · 15 Comments

My top Commodore 64 games, 31-40

The Commodore 64 turned 40 years old in 2022, and to celebrate that achievement I am going to list my favourite 40 games on the platform. This was my first … Continue reading

January 21, 2023 · 12 Comments

Dwarf Fortress release date and play video

Dwarf Fortress has a release date – and that date is 7 December this year. It’s a complex game, that tells a grant saga from the world generated around you, … Continue reading

November 13, 2022 · 4 Comments

Dwarf Fortress tutorial available

It has only taken 20 years since the game’s inception, but Dwarf Fortress now has a tutorial. The famously difficult game of building and maintaining your fortress of dwarfs has … Continue reading

October 16, 2022 · 4 Comments

Immortal Empires: a promise kept

When the first Warhammer: Total War game was release, back in… 2016… wait! Eight years ago?? I’m not getting any younger. Back on topic. When the first game was released … Continue reading

August 27, 2022 · 4 Comments

Glory Hunter

It must have been yesterday’s Panini announcement, but suddenly I have started thinking more about football – or games based around football anyway. If you don’t like football, or aren’t … Continue reading

January 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Ultima on the Commodore 64

The Ultima series of CRPGs is remembered these days by gamers of a certain age. The first three games were good but not atypical role-playing games – swing some swords, … Continue reading

November 17, 2021

Bronze to Mythic

I don’t talk about Magic Arena much these days. I was part of the closed and open betas, and there is a launch review of the game somewhere on this … Continue reading

October 17, 2021

Cathay background expands

Following closely from yesterday’s article about Cathay, the background for this faction is now being expanded through posts on both Warhammer Community and the Total War blog. We haven’t seen … Continue reading

September 22, 2021

Cathay in the Old World

Following the trailer for their inclusion in the third Warhammer Total War game comes confirmation that the faction was designed by Games Workshop. Some people has wondered whether Creative Assembly … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Emergent narrative in Humankind

A video about the forthcoming Civ-like game Humankind caught my attention: The narrator doesn’t use this phrase explicitly but this video is about the narrative that emerges from playing a … Continue reading

June 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Bard’s Tale remastered achievement guide

I put a walkthrough up for this remastered trilogy back when it was released, but I wasn’t playing on Steam and so paid no attention to the achievements. That’s changed … Continue reading

May 9, 2021

Bard’s Tale II walkthrough: Saradon’s Home

After the grim darkness of Dargoth’s Tower, Saradon’s home provides a refreshing change. It’s located in the same city of Philippi to the north of the Tower. Before visiting you … Continue reading

March 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Civ Battle Royale starts again

Season 2 of the Civ Battle Royale has now launched. For those who aren’t aware, the Civ Battle Royale is a spectator game of Civilization V where 61 civs battle … Continue reading

March 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Diablo II resurrected

In many ways it’s for the best that I can’t play Diablo II on Steam. That platform would happily show me all the hours of my life I have wasted … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · 5 Comments

Kotaku’s classic PC Games list

When I see an article with ‘best of’ in the title I expect to either be disinterested or annoyed by the list, and so it was that I clicked on … Continue reading

February 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Warhammer Total War III revealed

Earlier this week I was counting my good fortunes, and realised that my dream computer game has already been made, and that game is Warhammer: Total War. The Warhammer Total … Continue reading

February 6, 2021 · 7 Comments

A tale of two videogames

I stumbled upon a fascinating article at Kotaku, detailing the different reception of two indie videogames. One was a commercial success, the other a failure which left its creator out … Continue reading

January 8, 2021 · 2 Comments